Stomach Ulcers: How to prevent & treat them naturally
Generally recognised as being caused by Diet or Stress, stomach ulcers can range from slightly uncomfortable to downright painful.
What Exactly Are Stomach Ulcers?
Sometimes also referred to as “gastric” ulcers, these painful sores most often occur in the stomach lining and can also affect small intestines and result from digestive acids “eating away” the tissue on the inside of the stomach as a result of dis-ease.
Signs & Symptoms
By far the most common symptom that people who suffer from stomach ulcers report is a type of burning sensation in the abdomen area. This is also often accompanied by some of the following:
- Stomach pains
- Acid Reflux
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Blood in stool or vomit
What Really Causes Stomach Ulcers?
Ulcers in the stomach typically form when there is erosion of the mucosal lining in the digestive tract.
The idea that 'over secretion of stomach acid' causes ulcers, indigestion and heartburn simply lines the pockets of the multi-billion dollar "antacid" medication industry.
The biggest cause of stomach ulcers is anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals commonly found in your supermarket or drug store such as:
- Ibuprofen and
Additionally, plastic-coated pills and capsules (Supplements) can not only get stuck in the digestive tract, but also erode the mucous membranes within the stomach, leading to pain and discomfort.
Another cause is as a result of a bacteria infection from a strain called “Helicobacter pylori”.
Then, of course, there is smoking, emotional stress and other lifestyle-related factors that can also contribute to the problem.
There's a school of thought out there that a diet high in fibre irritates ulcers and delays the healing process, but so long as you're eating grains that are unprocessed or unrefined the opposite is actually true.
- Hard Alcohol i.e. Spirits
- “Bad Fats” i.e. Hydrogenated its
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Supermarket Wheat Products
- Coffee that is commercial grade and chemically infused (like that sold in most cafés & supermarkets) - Opt instead for organically harvested, fresh ground coffee
- Homogenised & pasteurised dairy - Again, go for organic, untreated varieties that have the living enzymes still intact, like raw milk
Natural Remedies For Stomach Ulcers
As with everything to do with gut, diet plays a key role in its optimal functioning and overall health.
Following a plant-based diet and eliminating processed foods are two of the of the best things you can do to avoid problems in the first place.
Increasing your intake of beans and legumes either dried or made into soup is beneficial for stomach ulcers in general.
For those cases brought on by infections, eating the following whole foods raw can be effective against the H. pylori bacteria:
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli & cauliflower
- Leafy greens like kale & spinach
Probiotics & Prebiotics
Naturally-fermented foods will help to rebalance your gut flora thanks to their probiotic content. Some good choices are:
- Organic, aged yoghurt & cheese
- Cultured vegetables like sauerkraut & kimchi
You can also drink naturally fermented organic beer, wine and kombucha which were anciently all referred to as "sacraments" because of their healing qualities.
Another great tip is to add a tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in cold water first thing in the morning or just before you go to bed at night.
Learn more in Probiotics: Health Benefits & 7 Powerful Food Sources
All of these foods and drinks will help to restore acid/alkaline balance in your stomach by re-establishing the mucosal lining and the ecology (good bacteria) of your digestive system.
Fruit & Vegetable Juices
Don Tolman created a juice mix called CABALA which is a powerful healing blend that will help heal almost ANY ailment, including stomach ulcers.
CABALA is a mix of Carrots, Apples (Green, Red & Yellow), Beets and Lemons. Juice it yourself at home or for convenience, or you can order our convenient bioactive CABALA Raw Juice Powder version.
Learn more in The Healing Powers Of CABALA Juice
By embracing these simple tips on a regular basis, you'll prevent stomach ulcers, indigestion and acid reflux - or if you already suffer from these conditions, you now know how to knock them out for good!
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